By Don Twobears
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:3-6).
I believe we are in this particular period of time, right now. Scoffers outnumber the born-again Christians by a large number. Don’t get me wrong here, I could not care less what they are saying, except for the fact they are persuading many to think as they do. They speak the things of their father, Satan, and he uses his abilities to further that end as far as he can. This simply means I must be forthright and truthful in everything I say and whatever I say, must be in the name of Jesus Christ and strictly from HIS Holy Word─the Bible.
How many of the scoffers would be able to understand the passage above? IF they understood it then they would know it was speaking of Noah and the flood, of all those that perished back then and understand what their beliefs were. Somewhere along the way they would know the history and would then understand how ignorant they are today, for NOT applying the truth of those previous days.The “present” is all that the scoffer cares about,”What can I have today, what is there for me right now?”
Is the scoffer any different from others? I doubt it. By in large one never has to be “vocal” in their scoffing to be considered a scoffer. Their lives will confirm what they believe. We, the born-again believers know they scoff out of ignorance of God’s Word. This is one of the reasons we preach what we know of the Word. “Tolerance” of everything is simple fear of it all! Think on that for a moment. If you find yourself in a very compromising situation, wouldn’t you want everyone to be a bit more tolerant toward you?
This is the basic reason for everyone being “tolerant” of just about anything that comes along. They feel that they need to be “supportive,” just in case they fall into a similar trap or situation. They have this idea, “If I am more tolerant of others, then I can show that I am seeking “peace.” By in large they are afraid of everyone and everything. How awful it must be for them, to live in such fear, every day, days upon days.
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philippians 4:5-9, emphasis added).
Somehow or another the previous passage has nothing to say about being “tolerant.” If anything, it begs that you have a strong belief in Jesus Christ. It states that there is no other than Jesus Christ who can give this “peace.” Having stated that, it must be understood that the last thing you want to trust in are the words of a scoffer! As we have learned before from God’s Word, Christ is the Vine and we are the Branches, we are all able to produce “good fruit”. It must be understood and seen that the scoffer has no such “root-system” to rely on. Therefore his fruit could be anything, even something poisonous! Is that “something” you would be willing to bet your eternal life on? How many times would you be willing to visit that particular vineyard, the POSSIBLY poisonous one. A simple roll of the dice everytime you eat there, right?
Now...you have read that Jesus Christ will take you to heaven for all of eternity, IF you are willing to accept HIS precious gift of salvation! Straight-up and simple...right? Still as yet, the vast majority have not chosen that particular route! How incredible is that? Okay...let’s look at this a different way: You’re standing there and someone is pointing a gun at you and he says your gonna die, but he doesn’t give you any reason or way out. Is that fair? NO. Right? Well that is not even the case here. God is going to destroy the world because of all the SIN in it...BUT...He gives you a way out of it, and then HE goes on and tells why and how to be saved. And to think that the vast majority doesn’t want to hear about that way to be saved? And then the “scoffers” are calling you and me...ignorant? I beg to differ...vigoruosly!
People...We are Right NOW in the last days...the Rapture is so close...you can almost touch the hem of our Lords robe.WAKE-UP! The bells are ringing and the born-again are screaming their heads off...sounding the alarm from the wall of the city! YOU need to awaken your family members, YOU need to tell them what all is going on! Grab your Bible and to hell with the storm, Jesus Christ is right there with you, march on, preach HIS word, tell HIS story and help everyone you meet!
Do you remember the story of Jesus walking on the water? His disciples were in the boat and a storm came up buffeting the boat horribly. (Remember these guys were seasoned sailors!) They saw Jesus walking on the water a ways away and they became afraid, they even thought HE was a ghost! Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, it is I: do not be afraid,” and they let Him into the boat and He told the waves to be calm and they became calm! Here’s my question, “What do YOU have to be afraid of if Jesus Christ─GOD─is with you and YOU believe in HIM? NOTHING! Hellooo!
All you have to do is ask people, “Do you want to live for eternity or not? If they don’t want to talk to you, then let them go their way...BUT...if they do want to talk, then here is your chance! Give them the information that will speak to their heart, show them who is the center of your life. The last thing you want to do is argue with someone who is ignorant...and ignorant by choice! Remember, they live for today, they have no concept of the future and they never learn from the past! That should be enough for you to wish them well...with a smile!
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous. Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge” (Psalm 14:1-6).
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